Patients who have experienced an infection in a tooth root may have been referred to an endodontist for a treatment known as endodontic therapy or a “root canal.” This procedure requires the endodontist to remove the inner portion of the tooth, the dental pulp, which includes the blood supply and nerves that keep the tooth alive. If an infection fails to go away after the root canal treatment or if it returns, patients will need an additional treatment known as an apicoectomy. This procedure is available for Conyers, Georgia area patients when they visit Conyers Endodontic Center.
In an apicoectomy, the endodontist no longer needs to remove the dental pulp in the infected tooth as this was already done during the root canal procedure. However, it requires the removal of the tip of the tooth root, which is then replaced with a filling material. This is the next step in trying to rid the tooth of infection, and it is a much less invasive procedure than the root canal itself.
The endodontist will remove just a few millimeters of the tooth’s root with precision instruments during the surgery. The filling is then placed, and the soft tissues are sutured. If dissolving sutures are used, patients will not need to return to have the stitches removed. They can expect the bone around the tooth to heal over the next few months, ensuring the area is healthy again following the apicoectomy procedure.
At Conyers Endodontic Center, we want our patients to have healthy smiles for life, so when problems arise, we can help. If you have been told that you’ve had a failed root canal and need further treatment, it is time to connect with our team! Drs. Rolin Desir, Alison St. Paul, Dr. Young Okeke, and Candace De Veaux of Conyers, GA, can be reached by calling for an appointment at (470) 486-6025. We are open to new and returning patients at our facility, conveniently located at 1920 Highway 20 SE, Suite A.
Treating dental pulp issues and saving patients’ natural teeth are the objectives of the skilled and experienced endodontists at Conyers Endodontic Center.
The team is led by Dr. Rolin Desir, a board-eligible endodontist who is on track to obtain a diplomate status in endodontics, the highest recognition for an endodontist. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American and Georgia Dental Associations, and Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Alison St. Paul, a board-certified endodontist and a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, holds membership in the American Association of Endodontics and American and Georgia Dental Associations. Dr. Candace De Veaux is a member of the American and Georgia Associations of Endodontists, American and National Dental Associations, and North Georgia Dental Society and also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve Dental Corps.
Together, they help patients’ retain their natural teeth and smiles.